The Department of Homeland Security transferred more than $200 million to ICE from other areas.

The Department of Homeland Security transferred more than $200 million to ICE for detention and removal of migrants.

$169 million came from other departments, like FEMA and the Coast Guard. The other $33 million came from other areas within ICE.

Many people have made a big deal of this, but please note:

The department has the authority to move funds around internally with the approval of Congress and transfers are not unusual.

This sounds like a lot of money, but is a minuscule part (less than a third of one percent) of the total budget of Homeland Security, which is $65 billion.

4 thoughts on “The Department of Homeland Security transferred more than $200 million to ICE from other areas.

  1. Going to have to respectfully disagree that this isn’t a “big deal.”

    Considering the fact that the funds were transferred from agencies whose charter is to assist those in need (FEMA) and perform needed rescue or patrol activities (Coast Guard), doesn’t it strike you as … incongruous that they transferred these monies to an agency whose planned usage was to detain and contain children?

    1. Based on my superficial knowledge of the issue, I don’t like it, but I don’t know if they simply took money out of admin and put it into operations, which would make sense. Of course, there is rarely an innocent explanation for the actions of this administration, but I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt temporarily. If nothing else, you’d think they would consider the “optics” of putting more money into their much-reviled kindercages.

  2. Scoop: I was going to let this go, but it’s bugging me (especially as new details emerge, etc.)

    Regarding it being less of an issue if they took the money out of admin vs operations:

    What an utter load of crap! This administration has done much to hamstring administrative capacity. Ergo, taking money from admin funds makes it MORE likely to cause excessive impact to the capabilities of FEMA / Coast Guard operations!

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